High Blood Pressure: The Silent Killer
December 4, 2016
For a number of reasons, a very significant percentage of Americans have high blood pressure. Many aren’t even aware of it. Left untreated, high blood pressure can be a killer, but diagnosing it and prescribing medication isn’t all that needs to be done. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cardiology expert Dr. Dudley Goulden answers questions about high blood pressure.
- The Centers for Disease Control estimates that as many 70 million Americans have high blood pressure -- about one in three. Do most Americans understand how serious a health threat high blood pressure really is?
- Even though high blood pressure is often called "the silent killer," some people say that they can tell when their blood pressure is high. Is this true?
- What are the most common causes of high blood pressure?
- If one or both parents have high blood pressure, am I more likely to get it? And at what age should we start monitoring our blood pressure?
- Statistics show that some ethnic groups suffer high blood pressure in greater numbers than others. One example is African-Americans, who have a higher incidence and at a younger age. Why is this?
- What can high blood pressure do to damage the heart?
- High blood pressure canalso damage kidneys. How?
- What is the role of salt in high blood pressure?
- Are there other foods that can be problem with respect to high blood pressure?
- There is ongoing research regarding high blood pressure. Are we learning anything new about this health problem?
- Taking medication is a common treatment for controlling high blood pressure. But aside from medication, what else can we do to control our own blood pressure?